We’ve read a lot of books in our house this year, so I thought I’d share my Favorite Reads of 2017!
To start us off, I asked Sarabeth to pick out her favorites from the new books she got this year. I was surprised that, at age 3, she could tell me “yes” or “no” and narrowed things down without a whole lot of context to the books she’s picked most often to read.
Sarabeth absolutely adores look and find books. This one simply shares the story of Easter and allows kids to engage with fun illustrations to explore different parts of the story.
This new addition to our collection draws Sarabeth in on a regular basis. This small collection of Bible stories shares elaborate look-and-find pictures that are easily accessible to different ages. Each picture has a list of items to find and some pictures for those kiddos who are pre-readers. Another fun feature is that each page is laminated and ready for dry erase markers!
Favorite Non-Fiction: Faith
I struggled to narrow down my non-fiction favorites, so I’ll share my 3 favorite faith-based books, and my 3 favorite motherhood books too!
Wow. If I had to pick my ultimate favorite book of 2017, it would be this one. This year has been restorative for me, and Whole was an instrumental piece of that. This book caused a major shift in my soul.
Wiens takes us on a journey to find the 4 main questions of the Bible and how they are answered through scripture and how they will restore us to wholeness. It’s a beautiful book, and I can’t wait to read it again!
It’s rare that a book makes me cry. Even rarer to have a non-fiction book make me cry. But Jami Amerine made me sob tears of freedom as I read the pages of this book. It rocked my ideas of Jesus in ways that spoke wholeness and freedom into my heart.
The Wellness Revelation: Lose What Weighs You Down so You Can Love God, Yourself and Others by Alisa Keeton
This book has impacted my entire outlook on physical fitness. From my approach, to inviting God into my daily movement, things have changed. This 8-week journey will help you see how Jesus is trying to restore you and invite you into movement that brings him glory.
Favorite Motherhood Books
UnsuperMommy: Release Expectations, Embrace Imperfection, and Connect to God’s Superpower by Maggie Combs
This book may be little, but it packs a mighty punch through the mom “ideals” of being the perfect parent. Maggie Combs reminds us that we have to rely on God to sustain us through all of our motherhood hopes, dreams and moments. Without His help, we rely on our own power to mother and that’s exhausting. Combs reminds us that there is a better way and invites us all to become an unsupermommy.
Jonathon and Wynter Pitts remind you that your daughter is not really your own. She is a gift from God that must be handed back to Him daily. This book is part wisdom, part stories to learn from, and mostly all about how to hand our daughters back to God in prayer. I love having the prayers from the end of each chapter to pray back over Sarabeth.
Talking With Your Kids About God: 30 Conversations Every Christian Parent Must Have by Natasha Crain
This most recent addition to the library has me incredibly excited for conversations with Sarabeth. Talking With Your Kids About God arms you with information needed regarding some of the biggest arguments against Christianity and how the Bible really addresses those “issues.” I’ve already begun thinking about how we can use this when we start homeschooling to help foster conversations. But it’s not just a homeschool research. This is a must-read for any parent who wants their child(ren) to be able to speak articulately about their faith.
Favorite Fiction Books
This book truly was a pleasure and fun read for me. I loved every single minute of this story. Cantore addressed current events and reminded us what things might look like from the other side. Crisis Shot was full of tension, quiet moments, and quirky characters from a small town. I loved meeting the characters and absolutely cannot wait for the next book in this series!
Lisa Harris was a new author for me this year. But I thoroughly enjoyed meeting the characters in this story. I’m always hesitant to read new fiction authors, but I was pleasantly surprised by this book. Doing some research, I learned that this story actually fills in the background on the main character from another series, the Nikki Boyd series. You don’t have to have read those books before reading this one as you are introduced to Nikki and her family in this book. I enjoyed the chase of the suspect in this book and was surprised by the ending.
I’d love to know what your favorite reads of 2017 are! Please leave a comment and let me know. I’m looking to decide on some “must read” books for 2018.